India and Pakistan have lost the 20-20 World Cup 2022 title-winning opportunity. The Men In Blue lost the semis while the Babar Azam-led side lost the summit clash. The similarity between both teams during the knockout games is their ‘slow approach’ in the powerplay. In the semis against England, India could only score 38/1. On the other hand, Pakistan could only manage only one more run against the Three Lions.
These batting performances became decisive for the Asian sides. Meanwhile, after the summit clash, Azam faced the media in the post-match presser. One of the journalists asked about the Asian rivals having the same philosophy while batting in the powerplay. The reporter further asked whether there is a need for change in Pakistan‘s batting approach.
“Babar, India or Pakistan’s philosophy of playing T20 Cricket is to play in one day style. You have to keep the wicket and hit it at the end. England has continuously shown to two big Asian teams how T20 cricket has changed. Are these kinds of surprises necessary for a change? Whether you talk about Pakistan or India, do you feel that you get a strong message when you come to such tournaments?”
Every team has its own plans and we stuck with them: Babar Azam
In reply, the Pakistan skipper has defended his side’s batting approach in the initial overs. He said that every team has its own plans and his side stuck to their plans.
“It depends on the situation. What is the demand from you and after that you plan. Every team has its own plans and we stuck to our plan. Sometimes we are not able to give 100% but we try not to repeat our mistakes. But this is a part of the game. Sometimes you do well and sometimes you don’t,” said Babar.
“This is the beauty of cricket. Every day is different. Everyone has their own mindset. I utilize it in the first six overs. Both teams struggled after the first six overs,” he stated further.